Want a healthy and quick snack that really satisfies? Try these No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites! They’re perfect for school lunches and adults love them too!
Just five simple ingredients come together in this recipe to make a great hand-held snack for the kids (or afternoon energy boost during a long day at the office). Even better? This is a no-bake treat which means it takes hardly any time to make!
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No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites Recipe
This might be the simplest snack recipe you try, but it’s certainly not short on flavor. Peanut butter and quick oats combine to make a hearty energy bite that’s sweetened just with honey. I add mini M&Ms for delicious crunch and a hit of chocolate. These are definitely a great afternoon pick-me-up!
I love to give these to my kids either tucked into their lunchboxes or available on the counter as pre-game (or play) fuel. As for myself, I have a little container in the fridge that ends up being my go-to when I’m short on time during the workday or just need a little treat to get me through the dinner rush. The best part about these is that I feel good about what I’m giving the kids, and myself!
In fact, the kids might view these energy bites as desserts. We don’t have to tell them that they’re packed with good-for-you ingredients like natural peanut butter and honey. All that matters is that they taste oh-so-yummy.
Ingredients for No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites
See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Quick Oats – Choose quick/instant oats rather than old-fashioned oats. Quick oats are finer and will incorporate better into the batter.
- Honey – Honey is a wonderful natural sweetener that goes perfectly with the flavor of peanut butter. If you can buy local honey, that’s a great option!
- Peanut Butter – Use natural, unsweetened peanut butter.
- Mini M&Ms – You can omit the M&Ms if you want a healthier, less sweet energy ball.
- Coconut Oil – You can use refined or unrefined coconut oil. Refined coconut oil has less of a coconut taste.
How to Make No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites
- 1. Mix together the ingredients: In a large bowl, mix together the oats, peanut butter, honey, and coconut oil.
- 2. Add M&Ms: Stir in the M&M candies and mix well.
- 3. Form the energy balls: Using a small scoop or teaspoon, scoop out balls of dough. Using your hands, roll them into tight balls.
Here’s how to make sure that the energy balls stay together when you roll them: Form them into very tight balls and roll them together so that the ingredients really stick to each other and form smooth balls.
How to Store No-Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites
Store no-bake energy bites in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week. Serve cold or at room temperature.
If you find that the energy balls are a bit sticky after you form them, not to worry. Just place them on a plate and put it in the fridge for about an hour before eating.
Energy balls are full of nutrients, are high in protein, and contain healthy carbs, fats, and fiber which helps to support lean muscle mass. They also give you an energy boost.
Focus on foods with protein, fiber, complex carbohydrates and magnesium that will take longer to digest and therefore extend your energy.
Natural peanut butter usually contains just peanuts and salt. Conventional peanut butter includes sugar and hydrogenated vegetable oil.
Peanut Butter Energy Bites
- 2 cups quick oats
- 1 cup creamy natural peanut butter
- ¼ cup honey
- ½ cup mini M and M candies
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
- In a large bowl, mix together oats, peanut butter, honey and coconut oil.
- Add in M&M candies and mix well.
- Roll into 1" balls with a small scoop, rolling them tightly so that they stay together.
- Store in an air-tight container and keep in the fridge for up to one week.